from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be worthy of; merit. See Synonyms at earn1.
- intransitive v. To be worthy or deserving.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.
- v. To earn, win.
- v. To reward, to give in return for service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to
- transitive v. To serve; to treat; to benefit.
- intransitive v. To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To merit; be worthy of; incur, as something either desirable or undesirable, on account of good or bad qualities or actions; more especially, to have a just claim or right to, in return for services or meritorious actions; be justly entitled to, as wages or a prize.
- To serve or treat well; benefit.
- To repay by service; return an equivalent for (service rendered).
- To require; demand the attention of.
- To merit; be worthy or deserving: as, he deserves well of his country.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be worthy or deserving
Middle English deserven, from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre, to serve zealously : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + servīre, to serve; see serve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre, from de- + servīre. (Wiktionary)